Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice Skincare was founded by Paula Begoun in 1995. Begoun is an author, businesswoman, and talk radio host who is also known as the "Cosmetics Cop." The formulas are created based on published, peer-reviewed studies, which is central to the company philosophy that skincare ingredients need to be thoroughly researched before being made into products. All products are manufactured in the US.

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354 products

11,776 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Cleansers -Paula's Choice -Perfect Cleansing Oil

on 11/15/2017 10:21:00 AM

The Paula's Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil is a fragrance free face cleanser and makeup remover that does a great job removing makeup, oil, and impurities from your face. The directions say to use it on a dry face if you are removing makeup and use on a wet face if you are cleansing a makeup-free face. I must admit that this is one of the first oil cleansers I've used that actually removes every trace of makeup without leaving a filmy feeling on my face. The other nice thing is that this leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. The other nice thing is the $25 price tag- a little goes a long way so one bottle will last you quite a while. My review video is here:

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA

on 11/14/2017 2:47:00 AM


I have sensitive skin and had previously tried the 1% bha lotion. But silicones just don’t seem to suit my skin! I was scared to try the 2% then when I did ay first I almost wished I hadn’t - I broke out in even more tiny whitehead pimples on my jawline than usual (one of the main reasons I was trying it out was to get rid of bumps there!) But then I read up a bit about how exfoliants can cause spots to come up quicker than they otherwise would, so figured this was maybe that kind of a purging response. The general consensus seemed to be that big inflamed breakouts probably meant a bad reaction, but small whiteheads were more likely to be purging. I decided to carry on using it, focusing just on the breakout areas as other parts of my face have got pretty dry recently. It’s been a couple of weeks now and my skin has much improved! I feel like my daily makeup and suncream is no longer clogging my pores in the same way. Going to continue trying this out, will update if any bad reactions do occur.

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

on 11/13/2017 2:34:00 PM


I had to give this a good 3-4 weeks before seeing any improvement in my skin's texture, tone and clarity. I find that if I skip using it a day or two I immediately notice a difference. I just ordered my second bottle and I will forever be a fan of this exfoliant. When I use this in the AM, my skin is flawless, glowy and fresh looking. Co-workers have complimented on how radiant and fresh I look. The hubs tells me my makeup looks amazing. It's a compliment in a bottle, I tell you.

I have had no irritation whatsoever using this.

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Toners -Paula's Choice -CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

on 11/10/2017 5:20:00 AM


This one is a true HG for me! I've been using this for years, but six months ago I ran out and didn't repurchase. I really don't know why, perhaps I was thinking it wasn't doing anything for me. A short time after running out I began getting break outs, the sebaceous filaments on my nose and forehead seemed to double in quantity and size, and overall my complexion got less clear. I decided to try out the BHA from The Ordinary, and when that didn't seem to do anything for me, I began focusing on hydration and less actives. Nothing seemed to make my "new" skin any better, so I finally repurchased and after two weeks my skin was back to what is used to be. THIS was the reason I had somewhat clear skin without any major breakouts, and now I'll make sure never to be without. So definitely HG for me! I do find it a bit expensive, compared to a lot of other BHAs, but I gladly pay the price.

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Other -Paula's Choice

on 11/10/2017 12:49:00 AM


This website is a mixed bag of pros and cons, which I'll go into in a moment. I used to be in love with this site and never bought any items that weren't highly recommended by Paula Begoun. My acne was pretty bad, and I purchased all her products because supposedly they were unlike anything on the market and were chock full of the best ingredients known to man. After a year of applying them diligently to my face with no results, I came to the conclusion that there is no be all end all in skin-care. Everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to products. There are a couple ingredients that are scientifically proven to be bad for just about everyone, such as denatured alcohol (not fatty alcohols) but beyond that, it varies from person to person. In my case, I found out that the simpler my routine is, the better it is for my skin. Loads of antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients did nothing for my skin; in some cases it irritated it, yet a simple application of Ponds cold cream and a basic moisturizer cleared my skin up. Many skin types can not tolerate complex formulas and do better with gentler, plainer products. Another thing I have come to not like about her website is how biased she is toward her own products. In one of the older editions of her Don't Go to The Cosmetics Counter Without Me books, she doesn't rate her own products, because she said that would be overly biased. However, she does so now, and it comes across as very tacky. The one truly helpful thing about her website is the well-researched Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary. She rates ingredients on how good they are for the skin, so when you're trying to decipher a cosmetic label, you have a general idea that a product with alcohol and menthol as the top ingredients won't be doing your skin any favors. A couple of ingredients she rates as poor, such as lavender and witch hazel, have conflicting reports on them. She says they're bad; other studies say they're great. Take what she says with a grain of salt, do your own research, play around with products to see what works with your own unique skin-type, and you should be on your way to having better skin. :)

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